Absolutely rounds up the best coffee shops in London for your daily fix
By Zoë Delmer-Best
Today – 1 October – marks International Coffee Day so what better time to round up the best coffee shops in London. From sticklers to tradition to those who prefer something a little bit different, we’ve found somewhere to suit all coffee connoisseurs.
Jacob the Angel
In Neil’s Yard lies a small and inviting coffee shop. Opening at 8am on weekdays, there’s often a huddle of commuters queuing to get a coffee before work. During the day tourists in need of a quick caffeine fix make Jacob the Angel their go-to destination. Using beans from Square Mile Coffee Roasters and milk from The Estate Dairy Farm, this is a place that cares about its ingredients. The coffee is delicious and you can’t go wrong with one of their sweet pastries either.
Monmouth Coffee Company
If you take your coffee seriously, Monmouth Coffee Company is for you. The team is always happy to help you choose the right coffee, carefully considering your preferences to match you with the perfect brew. If you are still undecided they will make you a filter sample to try- just like a gelato shop. Their extensive range of coffee is constantly changing. Believing that coffee is a seasonal product, they buy their coffee from all over the world with some of their farms just two acres big.
Inspired by the fantastic coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Kaffeine is an independently owned coffee shop bringing amazing coffee to the streets of London. With a vast menu offering plenty of options, from a traditional Americano to items from their special brew board including an interestingly named Chemix Brew, Kaffeine has a coffee for everyone. Boasting an expansive interior and delicious food items on the menu, this is a place where you can linger.
Kiss The Hippo
Kiss The Hippo is devoted to the art of good coffee, treating the whole process like a Japanese tea ritual. Coffee beans are carefully selected from farms around the world, ensuring the origin upholds their high standards. All their coffee beans are roasted in London to maximise freshness. This is no hectic and busy coffee shop emulating an Italian espresso bar, Kiss The Hippo upholds the belief that coffee drinking should be a relaxing process and serves their brew in an elegant and tranquil space.
Grind has everything. Good coffee, good locations and interiors that are ridiculously Instgrammable. Their promise is to supply delicious freshly roasted coffee to London- and they certainly do. The coffee board hosts all the familiar favourites but also leaves space for a couple of alternative drinks including a blushing Beetroot Latte. Doubling as a late night cocktail bar, Grind also serves up a mean espresso martini. To celebrate International Coffee Day, Grind has partnered with Discarded and will be serving 800 complementary zero-waste Discarded Espresso Martinis on 1 October.
Algerian Coffee Stores
This is no-frills coffee at its finest. Algerian Coffee Stores is the oldest coffee shop in London. First established in 1887, it has been providing coffee to Londoners for over 137 years. Priding their selves on an eclectic mix of coffees, teas and sweet treats from around the world you can expect to be spoiled for choice. Coffee here is not a pomp affair. With only standing room or take-out available, this is a place for the hardened coffee fanatic who needs their caffeine fix quick.
Hot milk laced with strong syrupy espressos and an escape from the bright lights of the West End – what’s not to love? Sister location to the hugely popular Flat White, Milkbar offers plenty of choice for the coffee lover. They update the menu on the blackboard almost daily and provide unique coffee blends, tasty food and sweet treats. Their mission is pure and simple: to provide perfect coffee, tasty food, art, music and a great friendly service.
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